Creamy Paprika Pork, Homemade Chicken Yakisoba, and Roasted Cauliflower and Lentil Tacos with Creamy Chipotle Sauce
Budget -friendly dinner, for whatever reason, can be a bummer. Luckily we found three recipes that won’t break the bank and deliver a luxurious amount of flavor. Get your comfort food fix with Creamy Paprika Pork from Taste of Home. Or avoid dinner out and make Homemade Chicken Yakisoba from Budget Bytes. Last, Taco Tuesday is still on with a budget dinner version of Roasted Cauliflower and Lentil Tacos with Creamy Chipotle Sauce by Cookie and Kate. Now if we could just find a way to make saving money on our cable bill this easy.
For us, egg noodles is shorthand for comfort food. Quick, carby, and thrifty- what’s not to love. In this Taste of Home recipe, egg noodles are topped with browned pork in a velvety and fragrant paprika cream sauce. A thrifty, satisfying, comfort food budget dinner.
- This recipe goes very quickly. Get your water going for the noodles while cut up the pork loin.
- Betsy and Kate subbed in a bit of smoked and hot paprika for the sweet paprika. If you have them in your pantry, mix and match to your taste.
Budget Bytes is a frugal dinner master. We love her ability to create a solid budget dinner recipe that is delicious, creative, and doesn’t break the bank. This yakisoba delivers with a tangy simmer sauce, plenty of cabbage and inexpensive ramen noodles, and just enough chicken for flavor. Plain ramen for dinner is suddenly a lot less appealing.
- Ramen noodles cook quickly! Make sure to keep an eye on them while they’re boiling.
- Rinse the ramen noodles quickly with hot water if they are sticking together.
- Betsy made this with just cabbage and was perfectly happy. A great use of that last half a head of cabbage from the CSA.
Eating less meat is one way to cut the grocery budget. That doesn’t mean you have to give up tacos. Simple roasted cauliflower and lentils make for hearty, filling tacos that cost a lot less than grilled steak or chicken.
- As we always say, don’t forget the sauce! We liked the bit of heat and smokiness the sauce added
- We made the lentils in the InstantPot. Just use the saute function, then pressure cook according to your machine’s directions for brown lentils.
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We thought Shauna Ahern’s article, Online, No one Knows You’re Poor, was an insightful reflection on life online, living as an artist, and the real world of food. Leanne Brown wrote a useful, extremely popular cookbook for folks with very tight food budgets, Good and Cheap. Downloadable and printer-friendly, we thought this was an invaluable resource.